Hana Loftus was commissioned to act as the community coordinator for the regeneration and infill development of a 211-home estate in Hendon, north London. Barnet Council and Barnet Homes wanted the project to develop and demonstrate best practice in community participation, and Hana was appointed for her experience in facilitating meaningful participation in a number of settings.
Hana advocated that the client should adopt a co-design approach, rather than an 'engagement' approach, in order to place the community as an equal partner in the project alongside the client and the planning authority. She developed the project methodology and co-design approach and acted as the community champion for the project, as the interface between local community members, the formal client, and the design team. With the input of the community, she wrote the brief for the appointment of a masterplanner through OJEU, and designed and facilitated all the stakeholder and community involvement and communications, through to the successful planning application.